The Ministerial Statement by PM Lee Hsien Loong on 3rd July was a far cry from the end of the issue.

With the Lee family dispute dragging its way into the fourth week, unless either party unearths irrefutable evidence or decides to call a truce, it would seem that our social media will not have a moment of rest for the weeks or worse, months to come. What started out as a Facebook brawl has spiralled into a case of serious media fatigue.

While national papers and news channel continue to follow Singapore’s number one family, some witty local media make light of the situation to provide us with some humour and to make the unprecedented family dispute a little more digestible.

Yahoo Singapore

First on the list, Yahoo highlights the fact that the siblings’ exchanges serve a higher purpose other than refuting claims and insinuating injustice, that is to expand a Singaporean commoner’s vocabulary. In the effort of taking squabbles to an adult or rather more official-sounding level, the family tried to incorporate rather words that are rather uncommon to the average person. Yahoo Singapore takes the initiative to enlighten the people about the meaning behind the words in Singaporean English, or better known as Singlish, the unofficial official language of the Little Red Dot. What’s better than purely informative reporting? When it’s also entertaining. Here’s what Yahoo Singapore did:

Yahoo Singapore takes the initiative to enlighten the people about the meaning behind the words in Singaporean English, or better known as Singlish, the unofficial official language of the Little Red Dot. What’s better than purely informative reporting? When it’s also entertaining. Here’s what Yahoo Singapore did:

Mothership

When it comes to being entertaining, can any other local news media really top this one? When all the media channels seem to be focusing on the same news, it helps to have some to shed the light onto other curious personalities and incidents in the issue other than the main characters. Instead of centring the news on the Lee family, the spotlight was shared with MPs like Indranee Rajah and Low Thia Khiang. In a recent article, Jeanette Tan from Mothership questioned and attempted to address why SMS Indranee Rajah has been so vocal, or as they put it, so kaypoh, in the 38 Oxley Road issue when she has no apparent connections

Instead of centring the news on the Lee family, the spotlight was shared with MPs like Indranee Rajah and Low Thia Khiang. In a recent article, Jeanette Tan from Mothership questioned and attempted to address why Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah has been so vocal, or as they put it, so kaypoh, in the 38 Oxley Road issue when she has no apparent connections to it.

Read their full article on this here.   

However, the speech by MP Low Thia Kiang’s caught the attention of most when he compared the situation to a Korean drama. Aside from the two articles focusing on the MP’s statement in the Parliament, the icing on the cake would be Mothership’s move to set up polls based on the statements by the MPs.

Click on the image to join the poll!

One might wonder what does a fashion and culture media have to report or say about the Lee family saga other than the family’s clothing choices. Well, it has taken a rather refreshing and indirect approach to let the more observant and discerning audience in on their opinion on the issue.

It is important to note that even the most high-profile of cases can hit a plateau when it comes to gauging the attention from the media and the audience. When you can’t ignore the elephant in the room, take your shot from a different angle!
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